Flow Gently, Sweet Afton

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Title: Flow Gently, Sweet Afton
Author(s): Leigh Graham
Date(s): 1989
Length:
Genre: slash
Fandom: Blake's 7
External Links: online here

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Flow Gently, Sweet Afton is an Blake's 7 Avon/Blake story by Leigh Graham.

It was published in Oblaque #3 and has been archived online.

Reactions and Reviews

"Karl Afton", a mild-mannered man totally reconditioned by the Federation, bumps into a certain Roj Blake who has most uncomfortable effects on the hidden parts of his memories. Yes, folks, just for a change we've got an Avon-more-mindwiped-than-Blake-story. I thought it was a reasonably clever idea but the sketched-in relationships don't really work. Doesn't have the punch and conviction of the tangled passions in M.Fae's stories. [1]
MUSE OF FIRE RESPONSIBLE: Leigh Graham

HAS POOR VILA BEEN DRAGOONED INTO THIS SHITSHOW? Soolin

WHY ARE BLAKE AND AVON DOOMED THIS WEEK? Blake is a manipulative rebel with no feelings, unable or unwilling to make provision for his lover/a scientist he wants to recruit’s children, because he’s Gotten Hard, even though Avon doesn’t seem to have liked him better softer in days of yore/softness also seems like a thing Avon would bitch about. Avon wants to protect himself and children from Blake and have access to Orac for protection. No one has any feelings I particularly understand. Reactions seem a bit unreal.

EDITOR’S NOTE: none

PROSE: not bad

OVERALL: What is the fucking point? This story could and would have been a lot better if the emotional through-line were allowed to shape it and give its consequences and choices weight. As-is there are like 4 separate bits of story and I want each of them to be doing something more than they are. And mind-wipe plots are not in and of themselves clever and high-consequences in this canon: you can’t just say that and accrue gravitas. [2]

References

  1. review by Predatrix, with a footnote by Judith Proctor is from Judith Proctor's Blake's 7 site; WebCite.
  2. from Oblique Reviews, Oblique Reviews #4, Archived version by Erin Horáková, January 15, 2017